A trip to Ireland – Donegal (part 2)

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We drove through the beautiful Donegal countryside, under showery skies and climbed higher and higher until the lush hedgerows gave way to granite, ferns and blanket bog and we entered the 16500 hectares of Glenveagh National park.

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The castle was built in the 1930s by John George Adair who made his fortune in America. He wanted an estate to rival that of the Royal family at Balmoral, and found the land and lough beautiful and suitable for the country pursuits of hunting, fishing and partying. Unfortunately he found the local people less than picturesque so had 244 tenants evicted, which did not endear him to the population. Oh no.

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The castle has gorgeous gardens (even in the rain) with interesting planting, especially in the walled garden and orangeries.

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Glenveaghcastle2I had a flight of fancy here, imagining myself rosy cheeked tending the vegetables and flowers and then cooking delicious meals and serving them to a handsome curly haired family on a scrubbed table in the cottage with a cosy peat fire to keep us warm and dry. Then I remembered that I don’t really know anything about gardening and the needle scratched to the end of the record sharpish. Oh well…

How rich and varied the hedgerows and verges are here. The fields are still smallish and there are a lot more hedges than where I live in Worcestershire. The variety of trees, shrubs and plants were a feast for the eyes (and presumably for wildlife too).

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Here is another view of another Loch and Donegal hills. My watercolour skills are starting to improve. Is this getting boring yet? I’ve got more….

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6 thoughts on “A trip to Ireland – Donegal (part 2)

    1. Nice to hear from you Stuart 🙂 I use Windsor & Newton watercolour pans, a small travel set, and the pinks are from a W&N student grade cotman set, but I like them at least for sketchbook work. As long as I spray the paints a few mins before using, I find them plenty rich enough.

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      1. I’m using a pocket size W&N Cotman set currently, too. But I think my previous pans of Schminke Akademie (sub-studio standard) were brighter (fresher). I do, however, overwork the scanned sketches with the Gimp Software and let it do a colour enhance, which always gives the sketch an extra kick … spraying the pans sounds like a good idea to activate them. See you along the way! — Stuart

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